Blackhawks (7-6-2) @ Flyers (7-6-2)
The Philadelphia Flyers has been injury-prone to start the season, so this four-day break couldn’t have been timed any better. Blueliner Radko Gudas is making his return to the lineup after being out with an upper-body injury for a couple of games. The Flyers are still missing Andrew MacDonald and Nolan Patrick, and there is no info on when they will return.
Brian Elliott will get the start in goal. He is 7-9-1 in 19 career appearances against the Blackhawks with a 2.47 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
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LINE COMBINATIONS: (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Flyers played a decent game versus Colorado Avalanche, a game they probably should have won. They can’t afford to make the same mistakes against a much better Blackhawks team that’s looking to get back into the win column after a shutout loss versus the Montreal Canadiens. Sean Couturier and the rest of the first line has been spectacular so far this season and Flyers are in deep need of them continuing their great play.
Ivan Provorov is growing into an elite defenseman in front of our eyes. He has logged 27 minutes of ice time or more in his last 5 games.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Konecny – Filppula – Simmonds
Weal – Lehterä – Weise
Leier – Laughton – Raffl
Provorov – Hägg
Gostisbehere – Manning
Sanheim – Gudas
Chicago: Blackhawks Line Combinations
Marian Hossa, Jordin Tootoo and Michal Roszival are all out long-term. Corey Crawford played one hell of a game the last time these two teams met just over a week ago and will start for the Hawks again tonight. Patrick Kane is the Blackhawks’ leading scorer with 14 points in 15 games.
Sharp – Toews – Kane
Saad – Anisimov – Panik
DeBrincat – Schmaltz – Hartman
Bouma – Wingels – Hayden
Keith – Rutta
Forsling – Seabrook
Murphy – Franson
Three Storylines to watch
1. Flyers will need to find a way to get past a red-hot Corey Crawford. Last time these teams played he saved all 35 shots, including a couple of breakaway opportunities. The Flyers played well that game, but Crawford was unstoppable. Will he be beaten tonight?
2. Battle of the first lines? Blackhawks and Flyers are both putting most of their big guns on the first line (Sharp – Toews – Kane vs Giroux – Couturier – Voracek) Which first line will win tonight? Couturier’s line has scored 53 points in 15 games and they are not looking to slow down anytime soon.
3. Shayne Gostisbehere has scored 14 points in 12 games. That ranks him tied for fourth among all NHL defensemen in points. He was ranked first of all defensemen before his injury and he will be looking to get back at the top. He had an assist in the 5-4 loss vs. the Avalanche and he now has four points in his last five games.